Banská Štiavnica is the oldest mining town in Slovakia, dating back to the end of the 12th century. As with numerous other medieval mining towns, Banská Štiavnica is nestled at foot of hill.
Štiavnica is a town in the center of an extinct volcano. Ages ago, an eruption pushed rich veins of precious metals and minerals to the surface, predestining the story of this region. Banská Štiavnica, also called the Silver Town, was an European treasury and the center of technical progress and education. Also this town belongs to the most beautiful and magical towns in Slovakia.
Do not hesitate and take a tour of Banská Štiavnica, one of the most beautiful and historically interesting towns in Slovakia. Registered as UNESCO heritage, it was also the site of the first technology-oriented university in the world.
Tajchy, water reservoirs – a derivative of the German word “teich” – a lake – are artificial lakes, water reservoirs, for storing rain water that was later transported via artificial channels to the mines to move mining machinery. First water reservoirs of this kind were established in the sixteenth century.
The town was visited by the husband of former empress Maria Theresa, Francis I.
With its rich deposits of silver and gold, Banská Štiavnica is figured as one of the most important towns in Medieval Europe. Referred to as the “Silver City”, this is your chance to see the town and its wonderful landscapes by bike. You will encounter varying environments such as mines, lakes, hills and the fantastic countryside.
The town was registered as a UNESCO heritage site in December 1993, and was also the site of the first technology-oriented university in the world. From here, Banská Štiavnica became a center for science and technology development in Europe. Banská Štiavnica is one of the most beautiful and historically interesting towns in Slovakia, attracting artists and romantics with its old mining roads, stylish cafés and many restaurants.
Highlights of your tour include the Old Castle and Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Trinity Square (where you can find the Mining District Court building) the Gothic church of St. Catherine, and the New Castle and Calvary. Complimentary to these famous landmarks, you will also encounter unique local beer, wonderful nature, and much more.
With its rich deposits of silver and gold, Banská Štiavnica figured among the most important towns in mediaeval Europe and became a center for science and technology development in Europe.
In the immediate vicinity of the town there is a number of monuments commemorating the fame of the mining traditions. These include mainly mining tunnels, shafts, headframes, heaps, waste rock, buildings and water reservoirs called “tajchy”.
Let’s come and visit one of the most historically rich and interesting towns in Slovakia.
Minimum travelers per one tour: 2
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